Straightening your hair provides several benefits. You can control messy hair, create a sleek hairstyle, or add the shine that you want. It can also do damage to hair if not done properly. Here are some simple tips and tricks to get the maximum use from your straightener without damaging your hair.
Choose the right tool
There are many different types and sizes to choose from when it comes to straighteners . The things to keep in mind are, there are few real differences between actual straighteners. You have different sizes and different heat adjustments. Wet to dry straighteners are meant to streamline the process of styling your hair by skipping the step of drying it first. The maximum amount of heat you want to ever put to your hair is 365 degrees. Anything higher than that and you will burn your hair.
As for size, the longer and thicker your hair is; the wider the heating plate needs to be. If you have a pixie cut or wants to do your bangs, go for the smallest width. Long or thick hair needs the wider width options. Using a thinner straightener than you will mean that you will have to spend too much time fixing your hair. A wider straightener than you need may burn your hair.
There are three basic materials that straighteners are made out of. The type that you need depends greatly on the experience that you have with straighteners and how much you plan on using it. Ceramic straighteners distribute heat evenly. They are durable and safe enough for everyday use. Avoid ceramic coating because they chip which will snag your hair and cause damage. Titanium plates heat up fast and hold heat longer. They require less time on your hair. The downside of titanium is that they will cause more damage if you do not use them properly. Tourmaline is a crystal that is used to coat some straighteners. They are more for professional uses; however, they tend to produce the best results. They leave her the shiniest and reduce frizz.
The last two tools that you are going to need are a comb, not a brush, and a heat protectant. A comb will help you to section out the parts of your hair. It will also help to ensure that you have no tangles. A heat protectant can come in spray or gel form. They will help to ensure that your hair does not receive a lot of damage. Heat protectants are especially important if you plan on using your straightener daily.
How to straighten your hair
The beginning of your hair style should start in the shower. Conditioners that say smooth will help to ease flyaways and help to detangle your hair. When you get out of the shower you need to gently towel dry your hair. After it is about 80% dry, you can either dry it the rest of the way with a hair dryer or use your wet to dry straightener. Completely brush your hair so that a comb can move smoothly through it.
You want to section your hair off into 2-3 inch strips. Starting at the scalp, run your comb through your hair. Spray gently with a heat protectant. Run your straightener in the exact path as your comb. Do not do sections that are wider than your straightener is. Do not leave the straightener on any part of your hair for more than 3 seconds. It should be one fluid movement. Start at the top of your head and gently, yet quickly, pull the straightener down. You should not hear any type of sizzling or see any steam. If you do, then you need to stop what you are doing. You either have too much product on your hair or your hair is too wet.
When your hair is finished, you should wipe down your straightener with a clean dry cloth. If you do have product build up on your straightener, wait until it is completely cooled and use a little bit of rubbing alcohol to remove the build-up. This will ensure that your hair is not damaged in the future use of the hair straightener.